08 November 2012 16:28 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--A fire at Petroleos de Venezuela’s (PDVSA) Cardon refinery has disrupted production at the site, a source familiar with the state-owned oil company’s operations said on Thursday.
The fire at the Cardon refinery in western Venezuela, occurred in the catalytic naphtha reformer on 6 November and caused production issues at various other plants, the source said.
Venezuela's refining circuit has reported several incidents in the past months that have affected the production capacity of refined products and forced Venezuela to look for more product out of the US Gulf and Europe.
It is projected that the refinery is not processing about 40,000 bbl/day because of the fire and resulting outages.
The Cardon refinery, the second largest in the country, has a refining capacity of 310,000 bbl/day, according to PDVSA.
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